Appendix B. Plugins

Plugins are a powerful way to extend or enhance the functionality that Elasticsearch provides out of the box. A default installation of Elasticsearch comes with no plugins installed, but many are available on GitHub for you to download and play around with.

This appendix shows you how to install, access, and manage plugins in Elasticsearch.

B.1. Working with plugins

Plugins are split into two categories: site plugins and code plugins. A site plugin is one that provides no additional functionality; it simply provides a web page served by Elasticsearch. Some examples of site plugins are the elasticsearch-head plugin, elasticsearch-kopf, bigdesk, elasticsearch-hq, and whatson. For example, you may remember the screenshot from ...

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